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Gulf Porsche 917

Gulf Porsche 917

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The Gulf-liveried Porsche 917 K raced at Le Mans in 1970 in the hands of Hailwood and Hobbs but fell victim to the wet weather. Our amazing piece of artwork recreates that famous car.

Raced at La Sarthe in 1970; painted in the celebrated Gulf livery; and prominent in Steve McQueen’s Le Mans film; this Porsche 917 K has a history to match its evocative shape.

in 1970, lined up at Le Mans as car No22: one of three factory-backed John Wyer Automotive (JWA) entries.

The trio of duck egg blue and orange Gulf-liveried JWA cars lined up, along with four other 917s and the Porsches quickly moved to the front of the race.

But it wouldn’t be those striking Gulf cars that saw success, as the engine on one — driven by Pedro Rodriguez and Leo Kinnunen — blew. A missed gearshift by Jo Siffert resulted in the same outcome for his and Brian Redman’s 917.

Car 22 was not there to pick up the pieces: as rain poured down on the 50th lap, Hailwood, still on dry tyres en route to the pits, had crashed into a stationary Alfa Romeo and retired.

“Wyer was absolutely furious: ‘Don’t ring us, Hailwood, we’ll ring you !

Our artwork is created to capture your passions. Each product is hand finished in a high gloss finish using vibrant colours which are baked onto the surface of high-quality aluminium sheet.

Each piece of artwork is made in Britain and measures 18”x 12” (46cm x 30cms).

Each product can come with or without punched holes for easy hanging with a brushed aluminium finish on the rear.

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